Dr. Moshe Dekel is the only HOLISTIC board certified GYN on Long Island and the tri-state area. He specializes in breast thermography, bio-identical hormone replacement, autism, ADD and ADHD, emotional stress like anxiety and insomnia, nutrition and all of your holistic health needs. Dr. Dekel is also a DAN certified (Defeat Autism Now) practitioner and works with bio-energetic medicine.
Back in 2000, I transitioned into holistic medicine. One of the first questions I’ve been asked when I lecture to the public or interviews on radio, television – is what made me change from conventional medicine to holistic medicine? My answer is very simple. I realized that no doctor wakes up one morning and decides to change from conventional to holistic medicine. There’s always a personal story behind that decision.
My reason was pretty simple. After 20 years of working as a solo practitioner, OB-GYN – at the rate of 80 to 100 hours a week, my neck and back “notified me,” quote, unquote that my days as a surgeon were over. Obviously, at the time, I was very upset and depressed about that. But instead of focusing on the door that just closed in my face, I looked to see what other doors may have been open for me.
I then opened the door to what I like to call the real medicine, which is holistic medicine. And I realized how much I was not taught in medical school, internship, residency – and 20 years of post-graduate courses. It took me a while to understand why this was done. The reason is rather simple.
Conventional medicine is based on diagnosis, testing, and procedures. Preventative medicine is not where the money is. And therefore, the entire Western medical system is based on pharmaceuticals. For this reason, we – doctors – are not being educated in the art of prevention, and the art of understanding the root causes of disease. And how to naturally address those issues, promote healing, and prevent disease in the first place.
So once my decision was made, I realized that I need to re-educate myself and have the same understanding of holistic medicine as the understanding I have in
conventional medicine – in order to be successful in my new approach to medicine and health. The new journey was not easy since at that time we did not have many resources to get re-educated. But attending the right conferences,
reading the right books, consulting with other holistic physicians who blazed the trail before me. I soon achieved the level of knowledge that allowed me to help my patients to achieve ultimate health.
I realized that the basics of good medicine are listening well to patient’s complaints, take them seriously – and search for the root causes of these issues. I realized that symptoms are messengers. Messengers that are telling us that
there is a problem, and therefore the symptom is there to alert us to that problem.
So one of the paradigm shifts that I had to go through was – even though the patient comes to you because of the symptoms, it is not about getting rid of the symptom by using prescription drugs. It’s about identifying the reason for that symptom, the root cause of that symptom. And fixing that specific issue.
I also realize that usually, we’re not dealing with one issue, but provided with a complexity of issues that are part of the entire picture. Usually, we’re dealing with dietary lifestyle issues, we’re talking with – we’re talking about digestive issues. Elimination. We’re talking about how effective the mitochondria are in creating energy. We are looking at the hormonal makeup of the patient. That is absolutely important for good health and reversal of disease.
We also have to incorporate in our decision-making process the stress levels that the patient is living under. And also detoxification and emotional stress. In other words, we are looking at the human body as a total sum of all of the systems we just described. And in order for us to achieve a – an optimal health, we absolutely need to address all the systems that we talked about before.
My typical patient is a person that usually saw – few physicians, sometimes as high as 6 to 10 physicians. All of whom suggested a variety of different medications. Adding more medicine when the first one did not help. Or when the first medicine caused side effects, a second and third and fourth medication was ordered in order to address those side effects. But with no significant improvement. And in many cases, even deterioration of the original state that the patient came to the doctor, to begin with.
So patients are coming to me with 5 to 10 prescription drugs in a bag. Dropping it on my desk, and asking me, “Please help me get rid of these prescription drugs.” Obviously, they also want to get to a point of health that they do not have any symptoms. They have the energy they want to, and they have fun in their life. And are not investing an inordinate amount of hours and efforts in order to get rid of symptoms.
The average person that comes to see me – putting it mildly – is quote, “Sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Unquote. They’re desperate. Many of them are on the verge of going to the emergency room because they have lost any hope of getting better. But they know that once they go to emergency room, it’s only going to get worse.
So during the first visit – obviously I review their history, their medication, their lifestyle, their diet, their sleeping habits, their energy level, their digestion, elimination, stress level, and emotional level. Correct that – emotional stress instead of level. By asking the right questions and listening very carefully to the answers, I hone into the major issue or issues that need to be addressed during this first session. I also review lab testing, order once if needed. But usually, a patient comes to me with an abundance of lab results that were taken by various physicians who were not able to resolve their health issues.
Most – if not all my patients, need the following adjustments. Let’s start with the diet. Diet is probably the hardest item to adjust for the majority of patients. Because of habits, because of logistics, because of time constraints – and sometimes economics. I take the time to explain my – to my patients, what kind of diet they need to consume. Usually I like to recommend to reduce the number of carbohydrates in a drastic fashion. Preferably not more than 20% of daily calorie intake. Increase their fat content in a diet. Significantly. And the protein level should be at about 20% of the calorie intake per day.
Many of my patients are overweight, and I explain to them the mechanisms by which they can actually get back to their optimal weight. I explain to them that, “Carbs make you fat. And fats make you thin.” You can put it in a quotation mark. I explain to them that the government’s old food pyramid – quotation mark, “Is absolutely upside down. When the government recommends that we should eat 4 to 5 – sometimes 6 portions or servings of carbs, they’re totally wrong.”
What we need to do instead is get the good fats into our diet. Whether it be from olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds etc. And drastically reduce the carbs, especially the carbs that are processed and are equivalent “Quick sugar.” Which means that simple carbs converts, convert to sugars very rapidly. Causing an increase in blood sugar. Therefore, causing a corresponding increase in insulin level.
That kind of a diet creates a situation where we live in a high sugar environment, high insulin environment – which eventually converts to insulin resistance. Which is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes. So again, by removing the carbs or most of them, and especially the “The Quick Carbs,” we are able to actually many times, many times reverse the insulin resistance that has been built for years due to consumption of high carb diet and the wrong carb diet.
I also suggest that – to most patients, that avoidance of wheat and gluten is very important. Wheat is very inflammatory, especially if it’s not organic wheat. Due to chemicals and pesticides like Roundup. As far as bread is concerned, I recommend that patients change their bread to sprouted bread. Ezekiel is one brand of sprouted bread that can be used instead of regular pasta – which, made of wheat – I’d suggest converting to brown rice pasta.
Or any of the other kinds of pasta that are now available on the market. Like bean pasta or artichoke pasta, quinoa pasta and others. Instead of white, white rice – convert to brown rice. Again, the difference is that the white rice has high glycemic index. Which means it converts to sugar very quickly. Creating, therefore, an insulin response. And again, the same mechanism that can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
Instead of consuming white potatoes, I suggest using sweet potatoes. Again, for the same reason of the difference in glycemic index. Whereas sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index converting to sugar much slower, and therefore not creating a – an exaggerated insulin response. Some of the complex carbs that are okay to consume are the quinoa, buckwheat, steel cut oats, the beans, the peas.
I encourage my patients to have a large salad daily. That includes mixed greens and multitude of other vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, nuts, and seeds. And as a dressing, I would suggest balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Obviously with sea salt and some pepper to – to taste.
Another dietary item which is very important is the dairy issue. There are a lot of people who cannot tolerate dairy – and may not even be aware if the intolerance is very minimal, as far as symptoms are concerned. But dairy that is derived from corn eating cows is inflammatory in nature. So I suggest for my patient that if they want to consume dairy, they need to use dairy that is grass fed, and or moved to goats milk and goats milk products.
Last on the list is sugar, obviously. Which is very inflammatory in nature. It’s the main reason why we develop type 2 diabetes. In general, I give my patients a few simple rules. I call it the 3 rule, rule. Before you put anything in your basket in the grocery store, ask yourself 3 simple questions. Number 1 – did God make it? Number 2 – did man touch it? Number 3 – is it organic?
Again the idea is to avoid – as much as we can, any processed foods. And to actually make our meals from scratch. The importance of staying away from food that contains pesticides and chemicals is of utmost importance. The toxicity of these chemicals are well known. And creates quite a bit of damage to the body, and if used long enough – the consequences are going to be there.
And now that we have dealt with the diet, we will go to the next important item – which is how we’d adjust the food that we eat. I pay very– I pay attention to the answers of my patients regarding how fast they eat, whether or not they have heartburn, bloating, abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, loose stools, etc. All of these will give me a very good indication of the digestion health that the patient is exhibiting.
There are millions of Americans who are taking antacids for so-called hyper acidity condition. This is absolutely the wrong way to deal with heartburn. Because according to conventional medicine, it is due to an overabundance of production of acid. Whereas, in holistic medicine, it is actually the opposite. It’s not enough digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid that is being produced in the stomach.
Therefore, a lot of patients need digestive aids in a form of hydrochloric acid, HCl – and digestive enzymes. If they have an irritation at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach, they need to be put on a variety of natural compounds to heal the area before they can be put on hydrochloric acid. Otherwise, they will have heartburn because of the fact that the HCL given to them as a supplement will irritate the area that needs to be healed.
Patients need to realize that they need to have at least 1 bowel movement every 24 hours. In fact, physiologically humans need to move their bowels after each meal. Unfortunately very few of us do that. I found that very few doctors – if any, actually asked their patients how often they moved their bowels. And to my initial amazement, the number of patients that don’t move their bowels in 3, 4 and even 7 days – is astounding. There is no way that anyone can maintain good health without elimination of at least once per day.
Elimination also is related to how much fluid we consume. We need to consume half of our body weight in ounces per day. So if a patient weighs 140 pounds, they need to consume about 70 ounces of water per day in order to meet their body requirements in a healthy manner. One of the main reasons for constipation is dehydration. We just don’t drink enough. Another reason is – we don’t have enough bulk or fiber. Most of which comes from vegetables. And therefore, now we understand why the big salad per day is so important.
Once we have gone through lifestyle and digestion, we just – we go now to the hormone makeup of the patient. The amount of patients complaining of fatigue is very high. A lot of patients contribute that to the aging process and giving it so the called excuse of why they’re having no energy. Usually, this situation indicates a deficiency in the adrenal function and in the thyroid function. We are actually facing a – hypothyroidism epidemic under-active thyroid epidemic.
And as mentioned before, most of it is because when you take blood tests to show the level of activity of the thyroid, it’s not being shown in the labs. Yet, when I suspect a dysfunction of the thyroid and I treat the adrenal and the thyroid with holistic compounds – within 2 weeks, the patient has a total reversal of their fatigue.
Sleep is another major issue, as it relates to health and disease. The average person needs to sleep at least 7 hours a night and has to be uninterrupted. Very few of us have this kind of sleep. A lot of it has to do with lifestyle. So I am – I’ll teach my patient how to sleep well, regarding the hours they need to be going to bed and waking up. But also helping them with staying asleep or falling back asleep if they woke up. Using holistic products like melatonin spray and others that are very effective in helping the patient achieve the sleep that they need.
The body repairs itself when it sleeps, so if we don’t sleep we don’t repair. We don’t repair, we break down. Actually in holistic medicine, food– I’m sorry– Sleep is actually more important than food. I know this is a strong statement but think about it. If we don’t sleep well, it’s only a matter of time until we develop a major issue.
Detoxification is also a – an integral part of good health. I instruct my patients to use main 2, relatively easy modalities. The first one is – far infrared sonar. Nowadays, we have portable sonars that are $200, $250 dollars. I suggest that they buy it off Amazon and use it daily if they can as the last activity before they go to bed. Sit in it for about 30 minutes, half an hour. The portable sonar allows your head to be out. So you can read, you can watch television, listen to music – whatever you want to do. And sweat the toxicity that has been accumulating in your body since you were born, and continuous – on a daily basis. Then you take a quick shower, go to bed – you have a great night’s sleep.
The second modality is coffee enema. Which is a little more “emotionally challenging,” to the patient. But once they understand why it’s so necessary, and they get the historical overview of how it started, and what it achieves for the body – the patients who are serious about their health will do it. And I mean, if you do it twice a week, that’s great – it doesn’t take long, it takes about 15 minutes. You do it at home. Protocol is available through our office. And it definitely will prevent and correct a lot of disease processes.
The next item that I review in my patient is stress. Obviously, all of us have stress. All of us have issues, all of us have problems. The question is – how much, to what extent, and what are we doing in order to resolve the stress? It’s impossible to have – at least to my knowledge – an unstressful life, it doesn’t exist. But if on a daily basis before we go to bed, we are able to resolve or to let go of the stress that has been accumulated during the day, and reset the meter so to speak to zero – we are able to move on without any major health consequences.
And the idea is to let go. Before we go to bed, I tell my patient to say 3 things. Number 1 – I forgive myself. Number 2 – I’m going to have a good night’s sleep. Number 3 – tomorrow is another day. How many of us wake up in the middle of the night thinking of what happened at work last night, or the other day. And/or, what’s going to happen tomorrow? That is because we didn’t close the programs that are running those issues.
But when we say, “Tomorrow’s another day,” it means what? As of now, until tomorrow I’m not going to deal with it. It’s not going to help us – worry about a problem at work, or a problem in the family – or any other problem at 3 o’clock in the morning. In fact, we need to rest, rebuild and regenerate for the next day, so we can handle the problem.
Also, I ask my patient a simple question – how many of the issues that we have, the problems we have, the stress that we have is related to problems that are totally out of our controls? In other words, there’s nothing we can do personally to change or to resolve the problem – because of other people.
So what I’m telling my patient at that point is – when you are facing a problem, that there’s nothing you can do to solve it – let it go. It’s not going to help you spend energy on problems that you cannot solve. In fact, you’re just going to be spinning your wheels, getting more stressed and getting sick. I know it’s not easy, but it’s doable. If you really train yourself, you’re able to do it more and more, and creating a – natural, healthy barriers and boundaries – will protect you from problems that have nothing to do with you.
Once all these assessments are being made, the patient will leave after the first consultation with a good understanding of what is going on in their life as far as it’s relationship to the current complaints that they have. And what they need to do in order to get rid of any symptoms that they’re complaining about. But most importantly, how to get to an ultimate state of good health.

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